Winter Storm Jonas extending your stay in Tampa Bay? Join us for one of these great weekend events while you wait for things to return to normal in the snowy North.
Children's Gasparilla Extravagana (11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.)
For nearly 70 years, the pirates of Tampa Bay's legendary Gasparilla festival have thrown an early version of their famous parade just for the littlest scalawags. Bring your tiny pirate out to Bayshore Boulevard Saturday afternoon to cheer on the pirates and to collect a king's ransom in beads. And remember to dress the part! The party starts with a bicycle rodeo and ends with a huge "pirate"technic show. Former American Idol finalist Shannon Magrane will perform as part of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla's new “SKULL & TREASURE” float at the Children’s Gasparilla Parade, singing her new song "YMKG GASPARILLA Rilla."
The Lion King (through Feb. 14)
The live-action version of Disney's animated classic conquers the Straz Center for the Performing Arts as part of this year's Broadway series. Singing, dancing and brilliant puppetry bring to life the story of set on the African plains. You'll be singing "Hakuna Matata" all the way home.
My Fair Lady (3 p.m. Sunday)
As part of its tribute to the Academy Awards, historic Tampa Theatre is showing this classic musical, which was adapted from the George Bernard Shaw comedy Pygmalion. My Fair Lady was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won eight, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rex Harrison, who dedicated his Oscar to "two fair ladies": Audrey Hepburn and Julie Andrews, who originated the role of Eliza on stage.
The Piano Man Cometh (8 p.m. Friday)
The first album some of us (ahem) ever owned was "The Stranger," and we've been fans of Billy Joel ever since. The Piano Man returns to Tampa Bay's Amalie Arena tonight (alas, we will be at The Lion King). If the blizzard pounding the Northeast as put you in a New York State of Mind, this could be the perfect way to kill some time.
Veg Out in Ybor City (11 a.m. Saturday)
Vegetarians need love, too. And Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay's arts and entertainment free weekly, knows how to do it. Join them at their offices in historic Ybor City, Tampa Bay's Latin Quarter, for a celebration of all things Vegan and Vegetarian. Food, products, even beginners' yoga. Admission is $5, proceeds support The Edible Peace Patch Project, a local non-profit whose mission is to eliminate poverty as a factor in educational success and diet-related health issues.